Garden Educator Job Description May 18, 2011
About Us: CommunityGrows is an environmental education non-profit serving high-needs youth, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco. Youth acquire the necessary skills to live a healthy life through garden education, nutritious cooking and eating, and green jobs training. We are based in the Western Addition and partner with two elementary schools and numerous youth-serving organizations to meet our mission. Description: We are seeking a motivated and dedicated individual to run the after school programs and assist with the summer programs of CommunityGrows. As a garden educator you would be responsible for planning and teaching one-two garden/cooking classes per day. In addition, you would assist with garden maintenance, outreach, planning and implementing garden events, and some office work. You would also be supervising any interns or volunteers that assist with your classes. It is very important that you can relate to youth and families from a diversity of backgrounds (especially those living in the Western Addition) and can demonstrate your experience as such. Responsibilities: • Provide a safe, secure space for students to share, learn and grow. • Plan lessons and curriculum for the gardening and cooking classes. • Teach at least one class per afternoon, mostly at Koshland Garden (Page and Buchanan) but also at some of our partners’ sites throughout the Western Addition. • Develop and implement community projects and special events around the garden. • Communicate with parents and families as needed. • Work closely with the Programs Manager to develop and run the after school and summer classes • Communicate clearly with all staff on a weekly basis. • Maintain positive relationships with parents, families, students and school faculty/staff. • Assist with outreach to the community and volunteers. • Supervise volunteers and interns who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance. • Model positive and proactive attitudes, behaviors and language with students. • Keep accurate attendance records of classes and curriculum taught. • Assist with garden maintenance. • Support CommunityGrows general activities and operations. Hours: 20 hours per week, must be available in the afternoons and one Saturday every month or two.

Compensation: Starting salary is $15 per hour. This is a part-time, temporary position with the possibility of an extension after three months. Required Qualifications: • Three years of teaching experience, especially youth ages 5-12. • Experience with garden management and garden education curriculum. • Excellent classroom management skills. • Ability to supervise and manage volunteers/interns (experience in this is desired). • Experience in working with, and relating to, children and adults from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and take initiative. • Good writing skills and computer proficiency. • Strong collaboration, mediation, and team-building skills. • Familiarity with theories of environmental justice. • Must be able to be finger-printed, pass a live scan background check, and provide a TB skin test. Desired Qualifications: • Spanish Bi-lingual • Passionate about healthy eating and experience teaching cooking. • Experience living and/or working in the Western Addition. CommunityGrows actively seeks candidates who reflect the diversity of our Western Addition community and who will be role models for our youth. Check out our website and blog at Application deadline is June 1, 2011. This position is available now. To apply send resume and cover letter to: Nora Brereton Programs Manager CommunityGrows John Muir Elementary School Office 380 Webster St., Room #6 San Francisco, CA 94117

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